Blue at the Topaz in Flagler Beach expanding dining hours for holidays

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Blue at the Topaz restaurant in Flagler Beach, Fla / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Blue at the Topaz, 1224 S. Oceanshore Blvd., is a quaint and hospitable restaurant along the shoreline.

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. -- Blue at the Topaz is extending its dining hours hours during this festive season.

“We are excited about bringing lunch hours back for the holidays,” said Kelli O’Reilly, the restaurant's general manager and co-owner. “The feedback from our customers has been great so far and we are happy to be able to accommodate group gatherings during this time of year.”

Sacred Heart eighth-grade graduating students treated to special breakfast at Mom's in New Smyrna Beach

Sacred Heart breakfast at Mom's restaurantHeadline Surfer photo by Henry Frederick / Mom's Home Cooking server Mary Barrett, far left, takes orders from Sacred Heart Catholic School graduating eighth graders Thursday morning as teacher Rachel Woelfel goes over menu choices with them. In the inset photo, Mom's proprietor Patty Cook and Woelfel chat while the students decide what they want to eat and drink from a keepsake menu printed up just for them. 

NEW SMYRNA -- The twenty graduating eighth graders from Sacred Heart Catholic School were treated to a breakfast this morning at Mom's Home Cooking, 1201 N. Dixie Freeway. 

Food Festival on New Smyrna Beach's Flagler Avenue expected to draw a family crowd

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Several thousand people are expected Thursday on Flagler Avenue for the annual Food Festival, with dozens of restaurants offering samples of their best cuisine for a nominal price. The festive family-oriented event begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Besides food from restaurants like Clancy's Cantina, there will be live music and other entertainment.

Ad Authority board member Ed Pankonin: Norwood's Holiday Food & Wine Festival 'first class operation'

NSBNews.net video by Sera Frederick / The video showcases an interview with cookbook author Ed Pankonin.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Ed Pankonin, author of "Simple & Fresh" and a board member with the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority, manned a booth at the 16th annual Norwood's Holiday Food & Wine Festival. Pankonin was pleased with last weekend's turnout, about 300 on the opening Friday and 1,200 on Saturday, according to estimates provided by Norwood's owner Don Simmons. See what Pankonin has to say about the festival and tourism in general by clicking on our exclusive video above.

NSB Jazz Festival entertains weekend dining crowd

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Ray GuiserDining crowd at That's Amore

NSBNews.net photos and video by Henry Frederick / Ray Guiser, who specializes in woods instruments, entertains the Saturday night dining crowd at That's Amore in New Smyrna Beach as part of the three-day weekend New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival. NSBNews.net is the only media outlet to actually cover the event.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Ray Guiser was able to keep the spirit of jazz alive while still providing a pop flavor when he performed Van Morrison's "Moondance" on a flute for an overflowing dining crowd Saturday night at That's Amore.

Wine walk at Art Walk on Flagler

Photos by Henry Frederick / Edward and Patricia Hunt of Edgewater enjoy a glass of wine at Clancy's Cantina as Clancy's wine hostess Brandy Winthrow serves a customer during Saturday's New Smyrna Beach Wine Walk at Art Walk.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Edward and Patricia Hunt spent the morning with their 5-year-old boy at the beach. Then he was off to the babysitter so they could enjoy a stroll on Flagler Avenue and a glass of wine at Clancy's Cantina.

NSB Wine Tasting on Flagler Avenue toast of the town at Clancy's and That's Amore

Video and photo by Sera Frederick.

Spirits were lifted by the taste of fine wines during Saturday's Wine Tasting event on Flagler Avenue, including Clancy's Cantina where Kathleen Hughes, at left, was having a good time. The wine tasting was just as popular at the That's Amore restaurant on nearby Pine Street. At these eateries and several other participating establishments, patrons  bought wine glasses at nominal prices and various ticket amounts for refills.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Kathleen Hughes knows a good wine when she sees it, but the true test is in the taste.